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Dems hope for budget compromise as Illinois Senate returns

Dems hope for budget compromise as Illinois Senate returns All state employees wouldn't get a paycheck starting in March under a new court action. We reached out to AFSCME for a statement. Rauner said Madigan's move could create some pain for workers and taxpayers. "Please do not take steps to disrupt the senate's work". Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says it's not soup yet, but they're staying in the kitchen. [Full Article...]

UN Secretary-General sends Chinese New Year greetings

UN Secretary-General sends Chinese New Year greetings The rooster is proud and confident, hardworking and punctual. "Fire by its very nature is the element associated with brilliance, warmth, passion, spark", she said. Hang a red lantern at the door to drive away bad luck, and put living plants such as peach or plum blossoms, orchids and peonies around the house to symbolise growth and rebirth. [Full Article...]

Oscar De La Hoya reportedly arrested for DUI

Oscar De La Hoya reportedly arrested for DUI The officer who spoke to De La Hoya reported that he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the inside the vehicle. Officer Xavier Bejar, a CHP spokesman in Altadena, told the Los Angeles Times : 'As for his [blood alcohol content], he was over the legal limit of 0.08 per cent'. [Full Article...]

Share of US Workers in Unions Falls to Lowest Level on Record

Share of US Workers in Unions Falls to Lowest Level on Record Broadly, the median weekly earnings of union members were $1,004, compared with $802 for nonunion workers, although many variables can affect the numbers. On Thursday, the Missouri Senate adopted the legislation. About a third of union membership comes from California and NY which have 4.6 million members combined. [Full Article...]

Trump Will Require All EPA Science to Be Screened by Political Staffers

However, officials with the Trump transition team defended the freezing of EPA grants and contracts as somewhat larger in scope than the acts of previous transitions, but similar in mission. The EPA awards and manages several billion dollars of grants every year, ranging from environmental testing to cleanups and research. Myron Ebell, who was in charge of the EPA transition for the Trump admini... [Full Article...]

Is Betsy DeVos being profiled?

I urge all who are concerned about the direction of our education system and the needs of our children to contact the U.S. Senators from their state and ask them to support the confirmation of DeVos. We don't get the financial support and resources from Tallahassee that we should. Sure, their numbers have expanded in the state, but the quality of these charter schools does not match the widespre... [Full Article...]

Environment agency 'faces media blackout' under Trump

Does the spending freeze apply to resources that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to oversee and enforce the Emergency Administrative Order issued a year ago to ensure the City's drinking water meets minimum federal drinking water standards? "EPA staff have been reviewing grants and contracts information with the incoming transition team". [Full Article...]

Nikki Haley confirmed as new USA envoy to the United Nations

Nikki Haley confirmed as new USA envoy to the United Nations Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sen. The Senate has overwhelmingly approved President Donald Trump's nominee for United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley. Haley, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, has already carved out a legacy for herself, serving as her home state's first female and first minority governor. [Full Article...]

Red Panda missing from habitat at Virginia Zoo

Red Panda missing from habitat at Virginia Zoo The zoo believes Sunny is somewhere on zoo grounds. According to USA Today , the Norfolk Police Department is helping with the search, using geothermal cameras to scour the zoo grounds. "This is panda breeding season, so the animals become a bit more agitated", said Virginia Zoo executive director Greg Bockheim. Red pandas have thick red fur and look similar to raccoons. [Full Article...]

Sen. Collins proposes plan letting states decide whether to keep Obamacare

Sen. Collins proposes plan letting states decide whether to keep Obamacare Sen. Collins explained, during a news conference Monday morning, that the alternative option would allow states to receive the same amount of funding that they would get under Obamacare and for expanding Medicaid - even for states such as ME which have not expanded that coverage. [Full Article...]

US Supreme Court refuses to revive Texas voter ID law for now

US Supreme Court refuses to revive Texas voter ID law for now Opponents said more than 600,000 Texas voters would lack a suitable ID under the law. The DOJ took this action after finding that Texas was still in non-compliance-and, effectively, misleading Texas voters-despite being ordered to shutter its former law to allow for more voter participation, including the use of alternate forms of ID short of a photographic one in order to cast a ballot. [Full Article...]

Austinites rally to honor 44th anniversary of Roe V. Wade

Austinites rally to honor 44th anniversary of Roe V. Wade Wade and women's reproductive rights. The case overturned abortion laws in every state to allow abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason at all. These people must keep working. It reached its peak of more than 1.6 million abortions in 1990. The report-which was last updated by the Center in 2007-not only comes on the heels of the 44 anniversary of the landmark R... [Full Article...]

Manhunt Underway for San Antonio Robbery, Shooting Suspect

Manhunt Underway for San Antonio Robbery, Shooting Suspect The second suspect, identified by police as 34-year-old Jason Matthew Prieto , who police said fled after the shootings, was later caught and taken into custody. A concealed carry permit holder stopped an armed robber Sunday at a San Antonio , Texas mall after the perpetrator shot and killed an unarmed man. [Full Article...]

Cape and Islands Brace for Heavy Rains and High Winds

Cape and Islands Brace for Heavy Rains and High Winds A coastal flood advisory is also in effect for Monday night. Borough residents are bracing for harsh weather after the National Weather Service ( NWS ) issued a hazardous weather outlook for Staten Island from Monday until Tuesday evening. [Full Article...]

MS tornado kills 4, traps others: agency

MS tornado kills 4, traps others: agency Johnny DuPree, the mayor of Hattiesburg, signed an emergency declaration for the city due to the tornado. There are power lines and debris over a large area so the public is asked to avoid traveling through that area. "Damage to dorms, Tatum Court, Thomas Hall", the university said on Twitter. Some students reporting minor injuries. The university says its Hattiesburg campus is closed right no... [Full Article...]

Deputies: 1 hurt, 1 in custody after reported OH school shooting

Deputies: 1 hurt, 1 in custody after reported OH school shooting A 17-year-old student has been arrested and charged with a delinquency count of felonious assault. UPDATE: The Dayton Daily News reports that the shooting victim has been identified as Logan Cole. Cole's family released a statement that solicited prayers for Cole, as well as the gunman and his family. No other students were injured. 'We are certain they have been deeply hurt as well. [Full Article...]

Severe Weather Action Day -- Tornado Watch Big Bend; Overnight Concerns

Severe Weather Action Day -- Tornado Watch Big Bend; Overnight Concerns A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for about an hour Saturday afternoon for parts of Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley and Jasper counties. This is a great time to make sure you have the Storm Team 8 "Weather Max" app on your phone. Strong to severe storms were moving into Alabama early Saturday , and a tornado watch was already in effect. [Full Article...]

For national security, Trump trades in phone for Secret Service-approved device

With Trump, it's simply how business gets done, whether he's fielding calls from real estate partners and longtime friends or foreign leaders and congressional lawmakers in the weeks after the election. Unlike Trump, Obama wasn't known to place or receive calls on his own phone, and all calls were routed through the official White House switchboard instead. [Full Article...]

Marijuana Activists Plan to Light Up Trump's Inauguration With Over 8000 Joints

Marijuana Activists Plan to Light Up Trump's Inauguration With Over 8000 Joints Pro-weed group org DCMJ is handing out upwards of 4,200 free joints to the public Friday at DuPont Circle - about 3 miles away from the US Capitol, where Trump will be sworn in. In D.C.it is legal to smoke marijuana indoors and give it to other people, but it is not legal to sell it, and it is not legal on federal land. All recipients of cannabis at the DCMJ "pot-luck" were verified to be at l... [Full Article...]

Hawaii unemployment rates drops to 2.9%

Hawaii unemployment rates drops to 2.9% Hawaii's lowest unemployment rate since January 1976 - the oldest available data - was 2.4 percent, achieved from October through December 2006 and May through September 1989. Manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities saw no real growth. Additionally, the new data adjusted November's job growth numbers, from 1,700 jobs added to 4,500 jobs lost. [Full Article...]


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